Whether you’re visiting New York for a weekend getaway or have called it home for years, discovering the perfect bar to warm up on a winter day can feel like striking gold. From covert and casual to impressively opulent, this list features the five coziest bars to try this season, curated by the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.
Transporting diners to a world of old New York glamor, Swam Room at Nine Orchard Hotel is the perfect location to enjoy a quintessential downtown evening. Housed in an iconic landmark; the former Jarmulowsky Bank building, the restored Nine Orchard Hotel spared no detail when designing Swan Room. As you enter the space, set discretely next to the hotel lobby, you may feel like you’ve wandered into an exclusive lounge. Neo-Renaissance details can be found from the floor to the ceilings, though the level of care does not stop with the interior. Diners can choose from a variety of small plates created by Michelin star chef Ignacio Mattos, as well as exceptional cocktails served by their attentive wait staff. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out or a dreamy spot to enjoy a snowy-day cocktail, Swan Room will not disappoint.
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If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to discover sunken treasure, walking into Holywater on a cold day is probably as close as it comes. Tastefully adorned with maritime memorabilia, unique artwork and gold details, you’ll instantly feel at ease in the inviting ambiance. Founded by New Orleans-raised sailing brothers Alex and Miles Pincus–the idea behind the establishment was a “nautical-speakeasy” –and the concept certainly has carried through since opening in June 2022. For dining options, Holywater guests can indulge in classic comfort meals paired with a draft beer or more delicate small plates, starring seafood of course. Shellfish and cocktail selections find harmony as you work through the menu— complementing each other in acidity and brine. After a brisk day in the city, this space serves a similar feeling to shaking off the chill from a day at sea.
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At Le Dive, French charm works in tandem with the buzzing energy of the Lower East Side. Inspired by Parisian cafes that serve as a type of home-away-from-home for their regulars, Le Dive is a natural wine bar (though cocktails are available too) where guests are encouraged to make themselves comfortable in the stylish interior. Servers are happy to answer any questions about the extensive natural wine list, which pairs perfectly with the menu of snacks and small plates by executive chef Nicole Gajadhar, including beef tartare, marinated tinned sardines and mushroom pâté. For a lively evening of delicious food, drink and good conversation with friends and strangers alike, Le Dive is your ideal stop.
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It’s no coincidence that this ultra-chic piano bar’s name ties in with the expression “dressed to the nines.” Upon entering The Nines, old-school elegance mingles perfectly with seductive edge. Details like leopard-print carpet and burgundy-red walls quickly immerse guests into the luxurious atmosphere, where live pianists can be heard playing anything from jazz to pop covers. Guests are sure to forget about any cold weather once seated at one of the red-velvet booths or bar stools, especially with a signature cocktail in hand. For those looking for a bite to eat, The Nines menu features dishes like a twice-baked Kaspian Potato with creme fraiche, chives, and topped with Osetra Caviar; and the N˚9 Burger with a blend of short rib, rib eye and chuck, topped with slow-cooked onions and melted comte cheese. For an experience that warms each of your senses, this destination is a must-try.
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Finding a glamorous yet unpretentious place to spend an evening in New York can be rare, but Parcelle strikes a perfect balance. Providing guests with a chic atmosphere to relax on comfortable couches and chairs, Parcelle is the ideal location to enjoy New York’s social vibe in a casual ambiance. Explore their menu of carefully selected wines by the glass or bottle, which change frequently to pair with the seasons. The cuisine at Parcelle boasts an eclectic mix of dishes that complement their international wine list, featuring small plates like uni toast to entrees that include lamb shank and curry. If you’re searching for a cool-kid location to tuck into this winter, Parcelle belongs on the top of your list.
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Guests at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown can book experiences directly with the Concierge Team by calling (646) 880-1990